‘I Am Beyond Worried’: More HS Students Are Applying for Financial Aid — and Enrolling in College as a Result. Coronavirus May Put an End to Both

COURTESY OF: Charlotte West The74Million.org When Akyiaha Simpson, a senior at California’s Orange Vista High School, started applying to college last fall, she wasn’t sure how she was going to pay for it. The first step? Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It was a requirement not only to get money for college but also to …

Effective counselors boost graduation, college attendance

COURTESY OF: Shawna De La Rosa Education Drive Dive Brief: High school counselors make a positive difference in graduation rates and enrollment in college, especially for low-achieving and low-income students, according to research presented in Education Next. The article, written by Harvard University doctoral candidate Christine Mulhern, says the most effective high school counselors boost students’ likelihood of graduating high …

Guidance to high school counselors: Brush up on your college advising

COURTESY OF: Carolyn Jones Washinton Post JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — Felicida Barajas’s office at Jurupa Valley High School was strangely silent. The only sounds were the clacking of computer keys and the occasional joke to break the tension as 12th-graders hunched over laptops trying to finish their essays ahead of a looming college application deadline. Six students perched on chairs …

How some California school districts invest in counseling – and achieve results

COURTESY OF: Carolyn Jones <a href=”https://edsource.org/2019/a-novel-idea-for-california-requiring-students-to-fill-out-financial-aid-forms/619373″ target=”_blank”>EdSource</a> Investing in counseling can raise graduation and college-going rates, schools find Geovanna Veloz, a senior at Mission High School in San Francisco, has always known she wants to be a nurse. What she didn’t know was how to get there. Her parents couldn’t help much. Immigrants from Mexico, they speak limited English, work long …